William F. McAuliffe
July 19, 1944 – October 14, 2020
William F. "Bill" McAuliffe, 76, passed away on October 14, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home, surrounded by loving family after a brief illness. He was born on July 19, 1944, in the Bronx. He was the son of Gerald and Emma (Dippel) McAuliffe. From 1972 until 2019, he has resided at the "ponderosa" he loved in Thiells, New York. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish in Garnerville. In 2019, he moved to Washington Township, New Jersey.
Bill is pre-deceased by his beloved wife Lorraine D. whom he shared 49 1/2 years of wedded bliss and passed away only last October. He is also survived by two amazing sons and dear daughter-in-laws William A. and Melissa of Washington Township, NJ, and Michael G. and Grace of New Windsor, NY. Along with four adoring grand-children Michael J., Emma, William L. and Christopher. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edward G. and Kathy Lynch of Port Jefferson Station, NY. He is also survived brother-in-law Don Kopp and pre-deceased by his sister Geraldine (McAuliffe) Kopp of Bradenton, Florida. Lastly, he is survived by his niece Victoria Lynch of Port Jefferson Station, NY.
As a young man Bill attended St. Francis of Rome School and Mount St. Michael High school in the Bronx. After graduating high school Bill worked for the Dollar Savings Bank in New York City from the 1962 until 1969. From 1969 to 1982, Bill was a decorated police officer with the NYPD. He married the love of his life Lorraine in May of 1970. In 1972, they moved to Thiells, New York, and found the home of their dreams. From the 1980's to 1996, Bill was a project manager for Dahill Mayflower Commercial Movers. Lastly from 1996 to 2008, Bill was a Supervisor of Security for Merrill Lynch in Manhattan.
Bill was a lifelong New York Yankee fan and attended his first game in 1951, and always talked about the fact he saw an "inside-the-park homerun" at that game. He even had a front row view of the Yankees World Series parade in 1999. He had the joy to make the pilgrimage to South Bend, Indiana, to see the Fighting Irish play in 2005 and 2006. But his greatest enjoyment was Sundays tailgating with the New York Giants. A season ticket holder from 1963 (original Yankee Stadium to today) and was affectionately known as "Mo" to his closest friends. His greatest Giants memory is the 1986 Super Bowl Champions.
Some of Bill's favorite activities were hacking up a local golf course. Playing for the Bronx Bears in the 1960's and winning two consecutive football championships. He traveled all over the world with his family to amazing places like the road to Hana, the beaches of Normandy and the ruins of Pompei. He loved week long vacations in Cape May, NJ, overlooking the ocean, listening to live music and swimming in the pool with his grandchildren. He treasured eating out in great steakhouses in New York City and "having a scotch".
The family will receive family and friends on Monday from 3-7pm at Higgins Funeral Home at 321 S. Main Street, New City, New York. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Alz.org Funeral Mass is on Tuesday 10am at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Road, Garnerville, New York. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne NY.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020